Preparing for Treatment

Packing for Treatment

The decision to go to treatment takes a great deal of courage. We understand that packing for treatment may feel overwhelming and you may feel like you need to bring all of your personal belongings. 

Please remember that your time in treatment is temporary and it is important to reduce the amount of clutter and distractions around you to provide you with the space to heal. 

Here is a list of items that we recommend you bring to treatment: 

  • Casual clothes, weather appropriate clothing
  • Comfortable shoes for walking/outdoor activities 
  • A jacket or sweatshirt, depending on the time of year
  • Pajamas
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts 
  • Bathing suit  
  • Bras and underwear
  • Exercise clothes
  • Lounge clothes (e.g., yoga pants, etc.)

We recommend packing enough clothes to last you for one week. You will have scheduled time each week to do your laundry to ensure that you don’t run out of clothes to wear. If you bring too many clothes or personal belongings, we may ask you to securely store some of your items to reduce clutter and minimize distractions. 

** While we support a body positive environment, we ask that all attire worn in the home be appropriate and not suggestive. We ask this to aid in fostering a safe environment for all those who are admitted to the program and have found that suggestive or inappropriate clothing may be triggering to other clients.

We are not responsible for any lost, damaged, or missing items that you choose to bring with you to treatment. For this reason, it is our recommendation that you avoid bringing any personal belongings with sentimental or financial value. (e.g., expensive jewelry, family heirlooms, etc.).  

  • Writing materials stamps, envelops, addresses
  • Phone numbers of family members you wish to contact
  • Current prescriptions in their original prescription bottles with labels intact
  • Insurance Card and photo identification
  • Pictures of loved ones
  • Toothbrush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Electronic razor
  • Weather appropriate clothing (sufficient for 7-10 days)
  • A hat and tennis shoes are encouraged

These items must be unopened with the original manufacturer seal

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Non-aerosol deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Cigarettes, vape juice, vape supplies, or any nicotine product
  • Sunscreen

Here is a list of items that are not authorized to have in your possession while in treatment with us: 

  • Any device with WiFi capabilities
    • Cellphones
    • Laptops
    • Tablets
  • Medications containing alcohol or narcotics, including narcotics prescribed by a medical doctor
  • Weapons or anything that can be used as a weapon
  • Articles of clothing or personal belongings with gang related symbols or alcohol and drug paraphernalia
  • Anything with sexually explicit images or offensive language
  • Aerosol products, for hygiene or otherwise
  • Personal Vehicles
  • Alcohol-based hygiene products (e.g., mouthwash, sanitizer, etc.)
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Sharp objects (e.g., scissors, razors, etc.)
  • Electronic devices or chargers with frayed or broken power cords
  • Open flames
  • Any item that violates your safety or the safety of others
  • Outside food and beverages are prohibited

How to get the most out of treatment

Positive Attitude

Trying to maintain a positive attitude may be easier said than done, as you will have some challenging days during treatment, which is completely normal! Doing your best to stay positive during your time in treatment will allow you to be more open to the information you are given about how to thrive in recovery.

Connection

Developing meaningful connections with yourself and others is a valuable part of the healing process. Addiction, trauma, and other painful experiences often prevent us from connecting with ourselves and others. During treatment, we provide a safe place for you to rediscover the connection you have with yourself and learn how to connect with others in a healthy, more meaningful way.

Let Go

Fear of change motivates us to go back to our old ways of being - allowing in the behaviors, thoughts, people, places, and things that keep us stuck in our unhealthy cycles of pain. Creating a new life for yourself means that you must at least consider letting go of the things that no longer serve you. It is normal to be hesitant of letting go, but we are here to help you work through those challenges and feelings of self-doubt.

Motivation

Staying motivated to change your behaviors and old ways of thinking is crucial! There may be many external factors that are motivating you to get help (e.g., friends, family, children, legal problems, etc.), but the most important step is finding motivation to get help because YOU want to change and because YOU believe you deserve it.

Limit Distractions

We have found that limiting external distractions while in treatment provides you with the best chance of success. Getting caught up in old, unhealthy patterns of communication and conflicts with those outside of treatment can be distracting and detour you from meeting your treatment goals. During this time, it is best that you commit yourself to unplugging and learning the skills necessary for you to develop healthy relationships and maintain your recovery.

Trust the Process

Change may make you feel like a strong need to control your environment in treatment by bringing too many of your personal belongings with you, testing boundaries, and resisting the structure and rules. While these behaviors are common, we ask that you at least consider letting go of any expectations you may have and try to trust the process of treatment. The structure we have set and the rules that are in place are designed to keep you safe and provide you with lasting results.